Apple: Not so 'male, pale and stale' anymore

From Ben Lovejoy's "Women in tech report shows that Apple’s leadership is now ahead of the curve" posted Friday on 9to5Mac:

A new women in tech report shows that Apple is now ahead of the curve when it comes to its leadership roles.

For a long time, Apple was accused of having a “‘male, pale, and stale” leadership – another way of saying “older white men” …

Management consultancy Deloitte has published a new report that shows that when it comes to female representation, tech giants are making progress – and the fastest growth was women in leadership roles. The company compared 2019 stats with 2022 projections based on company diversity reports.

While the overall growth in women in the workplace was 6.9%, the growth within leadership roles was 19.5%.

The average for the top 20 tech companies is 25.3% female leadership, while Apple’s current leadership page of its most senior execs shows five out of 18 are women, which is 27.8%...

More broadly, Apple’s latest diversity report, published last month, shows that the company is also ahead of the pack when it comes to its workforce as a whole.

The diversity report shows that in 2014, Apple’s workforce was made up of 70% males and 30% females. Since then, the numbers have ticked a bit, with 65.2% male employees and 34.8% female employees in 2021.

The data also shows Apple’s leadership saw an 87% increase in female employees across the world. Overall, its female workforce increased 89%. The company is also increasing its female staff working in R&D, with 34% of its [broader] leadership roles fulfilled by women.

Apple hired more Black and Hispanic/Latinx employees than ever before in 2021. A combined 25% of Apple’s leadership roles in the US were filled by Black and Hispanic/Latinx candidates last year. Additionally, a combined 41% filled Retail leadership roles last year.

My take: "Pale, male and stale" got a chuckle out of my wife, which is why it's in the headline.

Below: 2022


  1. Brian Loftus said:
    @PED – this is why you don’t do vaccine mandates.

    April 22, 2022
  2. Lalit Jagtap said:
    I ❤️ the title “Pale, Male and Stale”. .

    Yes, the meritocracy culture with “Diversity and Inclusion” at the leadership is the most important success of the Team Apple. Thank you Tim Cook for leading the way.

    I dream that it is replicated by other small or big corporations. Most importantly also in politics at school, municipal, state and federal level.

    We have so much diverse and talented citizens, eager to serve our nation. But the “competition over collaboration” attitude needs to be reversed in our culture of USA .

    Our Media and Wall Street leaders prioritize competition at the expense of principles and values. But instead if our media and capital market leaders start measuring collaboration with innovation in the organizations. It might help solve lots of complex issues and problems being faced by our humanity.

    April 22, 2022
  3. Lisa Jackson, a chemical engineer and former administrator of the EPA (09 – 13) was a key hire by Tim Cook. She is now Apple’s VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives.

    April 22, 2022
  4. Rodney Avilla said:
    I am glad that this blog has not been caught up into the woke mania, being afraid to make derogatory remarks solely based on race, age, and sex. Having a sense of humor, I think, is a requirement for peace of mind. To be so easily offended when something can be directly or indirectly (even remotely) viewed as racist, sexist, or ageism, actually has a negative effect on your own health. Thanks for a good laugh.

    April 22, 2022
  5. David Emery said:
    Well, I thought “male, pale and stale” was bigoted, asserting that gender and race was somehow tightly correlated with competence in some (negative) way. But what do I know, since I’m “male and pale” myself.

    April 22, 2022
  6. Michael Goldfeder said:
    For those on this blog who live in California the land of sunshine, we only hit two of those three categories.

    April 23, 2022

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